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Lady Grizzlies defeat E'burg, 3-1

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside squared its record at 1-1 on the season by notching a 3-1 victory over the Ellensburg High School girls bowling team yesterday afternoon.

Competing at Rodeo Bowl in Ellensburg, the Lady Grizzly keglers swept the two head-to-head match-ups, 605-577 and 627-620. Sunnyside earned the team victory by winning the first Baker game, 144-126.

The Bulldogs closed with a 122-111 win in the second Baker game to account for the final 3-1 score.

In downing Ellensburg by a 605-577 count in the first contest, the Lady Grizzlies were led by seniors Ileana Martinez and Maleesha Maltos, who rolled games of 139 and 136, respectively. Sunnyside also got first game efforts of 116, 110 and 104 from Marissa Martin, Nataly Alvarez and Abi Bravo, respectively.

Lexi Poyer and Kelsi Kjorsvik turned in 143 and 137 efforts for Ellensburg in the opening game, but the Bulldogs' downfall was two sub-100 games (97 and 88).

Game two was a nip-and-tuck affair, but in the end the Lady Grizzlies pulled out the seven-pin victory, 627-620. Alvarez had the top individual performance for Sunnyside that contest, rolling a 148. Also contributing were Bravo with a 125, Martinez and Martin with a pair of 124's, and Maltos with a 105.

The game two leader for Ellensburg was Shilo Epenesa, who tossed a 162 in the losing effort.

In the opening Baker game, where each member of the five-girl squad alternates taking turns throughout the 10 frames, Sunnyside clinched the match by outscoring the Bulldogs 144-126.

Ellensburg averted the sweep by winning the last Baker game.

Sunnyside's JV bowling squad enjoyed even more success than the Lady Grizzly varsity, by claiming a convincing 4-0 win yesterday.

The Sunnyside junior varsity was led by the pair of YaYa Gonzalez and Tiffany Spencer. Gonzalez had games of 149-111 for a team-best 260 series. Spencer tallied a two-game series of 258 on efforts of 133-125.

The SHS bowling team is out of action until next Tuesday, Nov. 24, when the Lady Grizzlies are scheduled to host Kennewick, starting at 2 p.m.

1 Bob Story 11/18/2009 3:43 PM

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